Bike Store Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood FSC Overlap Timber Bike Store is a very well made and great looking bike store that is going to be able to store three adult sized bikes and a few other items as well. While this is made to be a bike store, we also feel that some people will find that this is something they can use as a small storage shed. This is, despite the low price, a fairly decent size. Most of the size of this bike store is in its width which is to be expected with a bike store. The width is 6 feet 9 inches, so you could place your bikes in the middle and then have space either side to place other items. It is not the deepest bike store or shed we have seen at 2 feet 7 inches, but there is still enough space to store a few bikes and things like tools and gardening equipment. The bike store is just over 5 feet high at its lowest point so while it is not the highest bike store we have seen it is still high enough to make putting your bikes away and getting them out again no trouble at all.
The bike store has an apex style roof which is done at a rather shallow angle, we actually really like this as it does give it a great look. The roof will keep the water from sitting on top and the rain will run off at the sides not the front which is always something we like to see. The roof is made with solid sheet boarding which is far stronger than many people give it credit for and then this is covered with sand felt to protect the boards from the rain.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Overlap cladding has been used and we just love the way it makes the bike store look. This cladding has a very appealing design and that is great, but it is also going to stop any rain from getting inside and rusting up your bikes. The cladding also is very strong thanks to being 8 mm thick so it is able to take a bit of a bashing when you place your bikes inside.
The frame is going to make sure that this is a bike store that lasts for many years. Rather than use a simple and cheap frame just to save a few pounds, they have gone for an impressive, 28 mm x 28 mm fame that is very robust in its design. We see this bike store lasting well over 20 years and part of the reason for this is because of how good the frame is.
The flooring is one of the most impressive aspects of this bike store. The boarding is solid sheet boarding and that is supported with some very well made floor joists. Not only will these floor joists keep the shed from sitting on the ground, but as they have been pressure treated they support those boards very well and help the overall strength of the floor.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The Hartwood FSC Overlap Timber Bike Store will need a little TLC from you. By this we mean that you will be required to give the bike store a coating of wood treatment. This is something that should be done soon after installation as the wood will only be given a basecoat treatment. The wood will only need a fresh coat once a year in order for it to stay free from rot.
We were very impressed that they are offering a 15 year anti rot guarantee with this bike store which as long as you do look after the wood properly will cover you in case any signs of rot do occur.
Doors And Windows
On the front of the bike store is a set of large double doors which are so wide when they are open that you will find it very easy to get your bike out and put it back after a long ride. The doors are very well made and each one is kept in its place with two high quality hinges. The doors have some nice z braces on them which is going to make them stay strong for many years.
No windows are on the bike store and that is something we actually like as the last thing you want is for someone to be walking past and see how awesome your bike is and think they will help themselves to it. So we applaud the designers for resisting the temptation to add a window, purely as a decorative feature.
Security And Privacy
Those two large doors will be kept closed with a hasp and staple and there is also a turn button catch that will help keep them closed when the wind is particularly bad. We do wish that they had included a padlock though as there is no way to actually lock up the bike store.
The smart decision to not have any windows on the bike store means that there is no privacy issues with this bike store at all. So you will feel very comfortable in keeping your expensive bike and other more pricey items inside of here.
Customisation Options And Extras
While we do really like the way this bike store looks if you did want to add a little bit of colour to it then you could do this with a lick of paint or perhaps you could even use a coloured wood treatment so that you can alter the colour a little bit while protecting the wood from rot.
Both of the extras that are available for this bike store are to help with the security. The first thing they have is a hasp and padlock set that is Yale branded. This costs £19.99 and will vastly help with the security. This is not overly expensive as it is a brand name, but at the same time you could just pop to the local pound store and get a padlock. The other extra they have is like something out of Star Trek, as it is an alarm security kit. This adds an electronic alarm that will shoot lasers at any potential thieves. Ok so maybe the lasers thing was not true, but this alarm will certainly let you know when someone is messing with your bike store. The price of this is £29.99, which we feel is a decent price.
This is one of the most impressive, low priced bike stores we have seen in quite some time. You are getting a very well made and strong structure to store your bikes in with this bike store.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
They have made this bike store very well and it is going to be able to not just stand up against the bad weather, but also a bit of abuse from you and the kids as well.
As a bike store this is a very good sized structure, you can easily fit in three adult sized bikes and a couple of kids ones as well. It also does not take up a whole lot of real estate in your garden either.
Ease of installation 8/10
If you have a friend is who is good at DIY then you will want to suck up to them and get them to give you a hand installing this. To be honest it is not overly difficult, think of it as being more fiddly than hard.
For under £200 this is amazing value for money. They have used impressive materials and we feel that you are going to get many, many years of use out of this.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood FSC Overlap Timber Bike Store will keep your bikes safe from bike thieves, off the lawn so you do not trip over them and out of the rain so they do not suffer from rust. This is a very fairly priced and well made bike store that can handle more than a few bikes as well as a good amount of other items as well. We really like what they have done with this bike store and are sure it is going to give you many years of service. This is something that is very practical, but it also is going to look fantastic standing in your garden.
Prices around: £169.99
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